Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Cherokee National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

There are several ways to get to the falls. One could choose a more challenging route and hike up the mountain. There are not many inspiring views, but the hike is pleasant. If you choose to drive up Chilhowee Mountain you will find breath-taking views of the Ocoee and the surrounding mountains. There are terrific logging roads along the way to hike and hunt small game. The trail to the falls is short and very easy. The falls are wonderful. There are stairs down or one could choose to climb either side of the falls up or down. The creek at the bottom is a nice place to chill, dip your feet, and have a snack. Very kid and animal friendly.

Really nice trail. Big surprise was there are two really neat falls to see. The first falls appear to be twins. Once you see this falls continue on the trail to the second one which is really gorgeous. For your return to the trail head you can go back the way you came along the creek. We choose to make the loop so we took the high trail which is
very easy to walk. It is up hill for a ways but
It levels off and your walking the ridge line. You really don't get a good look at the Hawassee river but the gorge is quite interesting. From the hard top road it's several miles on a good dirt road. Go hike this trail it's really a pleasant experience .

I used Google maps and got to the trail head no problem. the road there is really rough so go slow! The hike to the falls is lovely (left at the fork) the right fork is just beautiful.
on the right fork you cross the creek several times. Some of those crossings are very iffy. Unless you want to go UP a very steep incline to no where special turn around when the trail turns and starts following a small feeder creek. The last 1/3 of a mile or so is very steep with lots of loose rocks and leaf debris. Even with poles I slid once descending.

Easy hike! Great for kids!

18 days ago

Trail is to the right & there is a map.

Pretty insignificant trail. Very seldom trafficked makes you question if you’re even on the trail (+ no blazes or anything). Best views are from the beginning. Should be rated hard.

Getting there: Our map provides two ways and we took the shortest time option which was the longest in the forest... bad idea. We added 2 hours to our commute because we took this way and it’s mainly a dirt road with a bunch of holes and I drive my civic.

If you park at Bald River Falls, to the far end of the parking lot, there is a hiking trail you can go on that takes you above the waterfall and up to the Middle Bald River Falls- about 1.4 miles (out and back)- highly recommend if you’re looking for a shorter hike. Review will be posted on our blog soon, with pics- www.Wander-Full-Life.com

21 days ago

First off, do not follow the directions to this trail using the link provided here. You will spend more time looking for the trailhead than it takes to hike this trail when you finally find it using some other app or website. Once you get there, this is a lovely trail that gives you a couple of options. For an easy, spectacular view of the falls, head left at the fork. The falls are a few meters ahead. If you are more ambitious and can do a moderate 2 Miles (one way) at a steady incline and with numerous creek crossings, take the right fork. Enjoyed both immensely!

27 days ago

Nice gentle walk along a beautiful creek. There are several small water falls along the way. My wife and I enjoyed the views going to the falls as much as we enjoyed the falls. The trial is a little confusing. When you come to a “Y” in the trail, go to the left and you will immediately cross a small creek. The falls are straight ahead after crossing the creek.

Another beautiful walk. A wild turkey flew over us just as we were starting out around 4pm. I’m glad other reviews said to go to 1234 Farmer Rd to find the USF rd because where the App directions took us looked like it could have been a scene from Deliverance.

Easy trail hike, worth the trip to see the beautiful falls!

Perfect place for a day hike with the family. Other than a few steep climbs, not a bad trek at all— plus the AMAZING views will keep you pretty distracted, and triggers a strong sense of motivation to explore more! We went in mid March 2018 while it was a bit chilly + snowy and had a blast!

My 18month old daughter and I mastered this trail today. It was such a beautiful day. It was a little confusing starting out, but once we found the trail it was a piece of cake. Pay attention to the trail markers... we missed the waterfalls by a mile because we were following the blue markers. Follow the white markers. It will lead you down about 250 stone stairs right to the waterfall! If you’re backpacking (like I was with our baby carrier) it’s HELL getting back up! All in all it was a beautiful hike and I am so happy we did this.

The trail is DOG FRIENDLY. Amazing place, beautiful mountain views, easy stroll. Should’ve brought kayaks! Will definitely be back to car camp & kayak. Total hidden treasure... actually considered not leaving a good review so as not to attract more people & dogs to this slice of heaven.

very nice in winter

1 month ago

Our first hike of 2018 and it didn’t disappoint. It was raining and 50 so we didn’t see many people. The trails where well marked, the trail width was good and the falls were beautiful. The area would be great for camping and hiking all the trails.

1 month ago

Easy trail to above the falls. Many nicely laid out rock steps down to the bottom. There are hand rails most of the way down. Be careful there are wet spots.

Awesome trail especially if you like venturing off trail.

1 month ago

Epic short hike to an amazing falls. Very cool camping locations near the falls. Beware aware of Black Bear in area. When water levels are high this trail really transforms into something special.

1 month ago

Great trail. The fall was beautiful. Very busy trail with many people and dogs. However I wish it was a little better marked.

This is an easy hike! Have visited this area many many times! The best time to go is now after all this rain! I love this place!

My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer

The trail is easy to follow and adequately marked with white diamond blazes painted on tree trunks. The trail itself is not too rough but there is the occasional stretch of football size rocks if that bothers you. The real issue is mud and flowing water. After a heavy rain the trail turns into a shallow creek with flowing water. You’ll need waterproof hiking boots during the spring or after a storm

The landscape photography opportunities are very limited. You don’t get any views along the trail except for the summit. And those views are particularly obscured by trees around the field. My advice is skip this trail and go to nearby Huckleberry Knob.

Trail head parking can be sketchy after a rain. Easy trail to follow. Make sure you do the entire loop and visit both falls.

easy hike beautiful falls, if it's wet you could take a rope to make it easier to get down to the falls

Beautiful falls and the drive in is scenic as well

Great hike for the whole family. Very easy until the last part before falls where it can be steep in places. We hike this trail often with kids and the falls never disappoints.

Quick trail with one of the most beautiful waterfalls at the end. Very easy until the waterfall. Can choose to just view from top or take the steep steps down. Well worth the hour round trip for non experienced hikers.

The trail runs alongside Bald River above Bald River Falls and the Tellico Gorge. Only gets prettier the farther you go as you get to several hidden waterfalls. The water was high when I hiked it thanks to recent rains so there was a lot of water to see.

Love it! Such a beautiful waterfall, not a bad hike! One of my favs

Trail is very easy to follow and a nice waterfall at the top as long as water levels are not too dry.

Great hike with kids!

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